Volkswagen Passat CC Reviews from North America

2010 Volkswagen Passat CC 2.0 turbo

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Great car if you know how to maintain it!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is a great well built car, but you have to know how to take care of it.

First of all, this is not a Toyota, so use the premium gas!

Also it is a turbo engine, so expect some oil consumption (don't expect to drive it for 10k miles and not refill any oil).

When it comes to oil, use only the ones that meet the Audi/VW norms, and the most important, don't use some cheap FRAM or other AutoZone filter. We are used to buying those cheap synthetics and cheap fancy looking filters. A VW dealer charges only $65 for an oil change, or do it yourself - it is easy.

This car is a Comfort Coupe; that means stiffer suspension, stiff and sporty seats that are not for everyone (especially in the US), and there are no frames around windows, which means more noise and some rattling is possible.

The car is very economical and powerful, but you have to stick to all maintenance requirements and let it run for a minute or two before you put it in drive, and let it idle for another minute after you use it hard; these are the basics of turbo charged engines.

Some of the reviews here are just ridiculous; do your homework before you buy any of the Europeans cars - they are not Toyotas, Subarus or Hyundais.

Update at 47k miles, and still no problems. Transmission fluid changed at 40k miles (as required) at a dealership ($360).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2013

30th Jun 2013, 14:39

So in VW fan world; a great car is one that guzzles oil, requires premium gas, $65 oil changes, needs to warm up as if it's a 60's carbureted car, needs to relax before shutting it off, and has a harsh noisy ride.

If this is a great car, then a Chevy, Ford, or Toyota must be considered magnificent cars, since they don't need any of this silly caretaking.

13th Jul 2013, 05:44

Have you ever had a turbo engine? These are the rules for all turbos, and even a BMW M3 consumes oil. $65 oil changes every 10k miles. How is that compared to your Toyota $35 every 3k miles oil change? And yes, German cars require Premium in most engines. Remember, there are always non turbo engines available.

28th Aug 2013, 16:28

The difference between VW (lower budget German car) or any Toyota, Chevy or Ford is very visible in Europe. The smaller Chevys are developed in Korea by Daewoo and a few Fords are developed in Germany. They do get better, but guess what? There's not a chance to drive a Malibu or Taurus safely anywhere in Europe at 120-150 mph (except straight without any turns). So real American cars are still based on modified technology from 50's and 60's. Don't believe me? Look at a Corvette's suspension and 5.7L engine. Any car will go straight at 70 mph, and that's all you need in the US, but some people enjoy driving on curvy back roads.

2011 Volkswagen Passat CC Sport 2.0 turbo

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.4 / 10
Distance when acquired149 miles
Most recent distance15500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

Summary:

Toyota or Subaru in the near future!

Faults:

Rattling noise from front end when going over undulations in the road at about 35 mph.

Driver's seat is very uncomfortable; have constant problems with my back & upper thighs and neck region. Seats are constantly in need of adjustment; very uncomfortable.

General Comments:

Car is great on gas, very uncomfortable, would not recommend buying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd August, 2012

2010 Volkswagen Passat CC Luxury 2.0 turbo

Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance1100 miles
Previous carToyota Prius

Summary:

Looks can be seductive... take a long test drive before you buy or be sorry!

Faults:

Only kept the car for 1000 miles. Nothing went wrong.

General Comments:

Rough ride. Rock hard, super narrow seats. Difficult access.

I made a huge mistake. Take this car on a LONG test drive. Guaranteed your legs will hurt and your rear will be sore. I traded mine back in after 3 weeks! I know other people who are doing the same.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2010

9th Sep 2010, 14:37

Visiting relatives, of course taking you around locally is the first point of call. But I've had 5 second-hand Audis, of varying ages and types, and my experience is that my earlier ones with factory Recaros were good. The later ones had "normal: seats, which were just like Japanese cars (no good for long drives, support is not in the right places), though my friend's A4 2.8, for some reason, had fantastic seats, brilliant for long-distance driving. At the time I drove his one, I had an A4 1.8i, and I could feel the difference in the seats.

As for driving long distances, except for the inconsistent Audi seats, German seats such as Mercedes and BMW are always on the hard side, but are designed precisely to support the body on long trips. A Czech friend routinely drives from Prague to Paris, and being 6'4", finds that the Japanese build reliable cars (one company car he had was a Subaru Legacy) but they just haven't quite mastered comfortable long-distance seats. He now sticks with BMW.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews